Carotid Plaque Imaging with 3T MR: We will be studying the ability of MRI to assess ex vivo carotid plaque histopathology using a new pulse sequence called IDEAL. We hope to find that vulnerable plaque has a unique set of imaging features that will allow us to use the IDEAL imaging method as a non-invasive clinical tool for investigation in patients. For this study, we will be comparing the MRI results with those obtained from CT and from pathology reports.
April 2010 to September 2010
This project led by: Mark L Schiebler, MD